February 1, 2007
I just got a spam. OK, that’s nothing even sort of interesting.
This particular spam was one of those relatively legitimate looking ones that makes you kind of think: I wonder what these jerks’ angle is, anyway. It involved some sort of promotion entangling Peanut M&M’s with a free gas card giveaway. Right. There was a typical fake ‘unsubscribe’ link toward the bottom that was linked to, in short, the domain ‘defrun.com.’
For some reason I carried my very minor curiosity further and googled for “defrun.” The very first hit is listed as “logo steal macro lisp.” Clicking into it, I found that the first line is:
“Simple Logo interpreter stolen from Topher Cyll’s article”
I know Topher Cyll. Personally–he used to live ’round here (watch out, Boston!). He’s a perfectly nice guy who I wish I actually knew a bit better, who seems to have a lot to say about Ruby.
My question is: How random is that? Granted, I know that the world’s six-billion-plus population is not linearly revealed by googling. So Topher has a more than random likelihood of popping up in a Google search. Especially since he deals with Internetty things. But I’m still left with the feeling that this is peculiar.
If I were a betting man, or a religious one, or one to read anything into anything, I’d be keeping my eyes peeled in the next few days. And bravo, Topher. I salute you for various Googlicious reasons.